Iraq dating scams
Back in 2009 I wrote a detailed post on this scam, and it appears it is still going on.In fact, it's more widespread than ever, and the reason is that it is very easy to pull off, and almost impossible to track down the scammer. You scour the Craigslist ads for a rental home and find one that is both beautiful and very, very affordable. You contact the address in the ad and are told that the owner had to leave the country (usually for something like missionary work) and needs money to cover the mortgage.Never wire funds, always deal with people locally, and beware of anything other than cash. It doesn't hurt to have a counterfeit detector pen on hand (they're less than ) for larger transactions.And be wary of bills bigger than ; you can easily be handed a fake 0 bill, give the buyer the item and change, and be out of pocket twice.Be wary of any seller that recommends an escrow service to you, and if one does, take steps to verify its legitimacy.This one can take a bite out of your monthly income, and if you're not monitoring your finances closely, you may not even notice it.Some people have even been killed in the robbery attempt.This "lure" scenario has happened many times over the years, and as always Craigslist advises you to meet in a safe, secure location, go with a friend (or two), and if in doubt, back out.
A similar scam involves genuine tickets that get canceled after you buy them. You purchase the tickets for less than face value, thinking you have a bargain.
The only way out, when you spot it, is to cancel your credit card. Another cell phone swindle is to provide you with a call back number that appears to be an answering service, but is in fact a pay-per-call number.
Although you won't be out thousands of dollars like some warnings of these numbers claim (specifically the 809 code scam), you could be charged - to make the call.
And if enough people do it, that's a tidy sum for the scammer.
With unemployment as high as it is, people out there are desperate for work.